In the next handful of weeks during the summer, we will be taking a look back at this past season and recognize those that have achieved high success by us at Rusch's Bowl. We will also be recognizing those that have broken as well as set new records by us this season. There will be no particular order we will do these. Our next annual spotlight will be on Kyle Blaese.
Going into the season, Kyle was fresh off being named on the All-Association Men’s First Team in the Greater Fox Cities Association last season, after his incredible record-breaking season last year at Rusch’s. Looking back at last season, Kyle most notably broke the house series record with an 858 series, establishing the record 'Most 800 Series for an Individual in a Season' with 3 800’s (858, 817, 803), and averaged a 247.93. Throughout this season, Kyle bowled full-time in the Wednesday Night Men’s league and part-time in the Tuesday Night Mixed league at Rusch’s Bowl where he still was one of the most successful bowlers at Rusch’s and in the Association during this regular season. Kyle quickly started the season like he left off the season prior by firing a perfect game on September 9th (which was the first night of the Wednesday Night Men’s league) and will be the first 300 game of the season, this would mark the start of his success at Rusch’s. Kyle’s unbelievable success then started to tame down slowly, and although he was scoring quite well, it took some time to get things going once again. On January 30th, in the Greater Fox Cities Match Play tournament, Kyle would reclaim success by firing his second 300 game of the season in the first game of the qualifying portion of the tournament. He would begin a weekly hot streak in the Wednesday Night Men’s league after the tournament. On February 17th he would go on to fire games of 244, 279, and a 298 for an 821 series. One week later on the 24th, he would continue his hot streak by firing a 793 series, just missing his second 800 series. Kyle would go on to score exceptionally well throughout the last weeks of the regular fall leagues.
Kyle’s excellent season was shown off Rusch’s turf after taking 1st place for the Greater Fox Cities Association Open Tournament for the singles scratch division, as well as a respectable 3rd place finish for the all-events scratch division. Kyle was also one of the five full-time individuals to have a 240 or higher average, alongside Ryan Duescher, Nick Hietpas, Cale Rusch, and Randy Southworth. He finished the Wednesday Night Men’s league off at an impressive 243.46 average, placing him in 2nd on the average board for the league as well as 2nd for the rest of the leagues combined together at Rusch’s.
We would like to congratulate Kyle Blaese once again on his outstanding performance this season, his performance will be looked at as one of the best at Rusch’s Bowl and in the area for this past season. He proved to all of us that he still has it, and is without a doubt a future Hall of Famer. Congratulations Kyle!